Cotillion

CotillionThe Three Great Nephews Of Irascible Mr Matthew Penicuik Know Better Than To Ignore His Summons, Especially When It Concerns The Bestowal Of His Fortune The Wily Old Gentleman Has Hatched A Freakish Plan For His Country Bred Stepdaughter S Future His Fortune Will By Lovely Catherine Charing S Dowry If She Married One Of His Great Nephews To Spirited Kitty, The Conditions Of Her Guardian S Will Before She Could Inherit A Tuppence Were Intolerable.In Spite Of The Unwelcome Attentions Of Greedy Suitors, Who Are Scrambling For Her Hand, Kitty Is Not Wholly Averse, But Only If The Right Cousin Proposes Unfortunately, Kitty During Her Secluded Life Pining, Has Set Her Heart On Handsome And Virile Jack Westruther, A Confirmed Rake Jack, Who Is Well Aware Of Her Attachment, However, Made It Quite Clear That He Would Marry Her Only When He Had Sown His Last Wild Oat And Seems To Have No Inclination To Marry Her Anytime Soon But Kitty Has Other Ideas And Anxious To Hasten Matters She Devises A Plan Kitty Convinces Modest And Carefree Cousin Frederick Standen To Pose As Her Fiance, Hoping Thereby To Make Jack Jealous And To See A Little Of The World Than Her Isolated Life On Her Great Uncle S Estate Has Afforded Her.Her Plan Takes Her To Visit Freddy S Family In London, Where Her Kith And Kin Embroil Her In Their Romantic Troubles, Sprinkling Witty Banter With Parisian Phrases Cousin Lord Foster Dolphinton Has Fallen For A Merchant S Daughter In Conflict With His Mother Meanwhile, Her French Cousin, Camille, A Professional Gambler, Try To Win The Heart Of Beautiful Olivia Broughty, In Turn The Object Of Cousin Jack S Dishonorable Intentions Resourceful Cousin Freddie Turned Out To Be Of A Man Than Kitty Anticipated And When Kitty S Generous Heart Leads To All Sorts Of Unintended Troubles, There Is Only One Man Who Can Rescue Her From Than One Dreadful Fix And Pick Up The Pieces Of Her Plotting Now, Kitty Herself Wonders Who Is Really Right For Her. I love, love, love, Freddy He is one of my top if not THE top Georgette Heyer heros Surprised that s how I feel Then let me explain Freddy isn t your average GH hero, he is a pink, NOT a rake, NOT a nonsuch and certainly NOT in the petticoat line He is quite simply everyone s friend but no ones crush His cousin Jack Who IS a rake, IS a nonsuch and is VERY much in the petticoat line thinks he s amusing in the way that you might find a kitten or puppy amusing Which effectively made me hate, hate, hate Jack for the rest of the book Because the thing about Freddy is that he tries REALLY hard and make s things work out right He isn t suave, he isn t able to just swan about and fix everything effortlessly, and I loved him for it The happy endings he managed to salvage out of horrible tangles where all the better because he d given his all to make i
Kitty Charing is the orphaned ward of the miserly and eccentric Mr Matthew Penicuik Uncle Matthew has no children of his own, but has five grand nephews, including his favorite, the suave and handsome gambler Jack Kitty has a crush on Jack, and Matthew hopes he ll marry Kitty, but he decides to throw the field wide open he ll leave Kitty his fortune, contingent on her marrying any of his grand nephews So Matthew calls a meeting of all of his single grand nephews, two of whom promptly propose to Kitty But Jack, reluctant to be ordered about and to lose his freedom too quickly, doesn t show up at the meeting, thus offending both Kitty and Matthew Kitty impulsively asks Freddy, another of the great nephews, to enter into a pretend engagement with her for a month With a fair amount of difficulty and tears, she convinces Freddy to go along with her plan, partly so she can enjoy life in the big city for a few weeks, out from under Uncle Matthew s thumb and miserly ways, and partly to try to make Jack jealous.Freddy patiently squires Kitty around London his reactions at being forced to tour the sights of London with her are one of the highlights of the story Jack is a little taken aback by the news of the engagement, but thinks rightly that Kitty is just playing hard to get and maybe rightly that he can win her back any time he wants Meanwhile, he s busy trying to make th
Spoilers ahead Also beware of fangirling and reader who got considerably carried away This is a Heyer novel, so of course I expected to enjoy it, but I hadn t planned on falling totally head over heels in love with it This is by far my favourite of her Regencies It s been a while since I hadn t had that much fun with a novel This delightful Regency romp opens up with a hilarious scene of three cousins sitting in a drawing room at Arnside, waiting for their eccentric great uncle to put in an appearance and formally tell them why they invited them except that we know, early on, that one of them, Lord Biddenden, was NOT invited All three are already aware of the reason for their uncle s summons he means to give his inheritance to his ward, Miss Kitty Charing, provided she marries one of his great nephews Her choices are 1 Lord Biddenden is NOT a choice because he was NOT invited, because he is already married, as keeps repeating2 Lord Dolphinton, only Earl in the family, who appears to be slightly touched in his upper works, but in reality he is just very, very slow and p
Warning there may be spoilers for in this review.I find it hard to say which is my favourite Heyer Regency When I read Arabella that is my favourite,but when I read Cotillion that is my favourite I have only just reread Cotillion for the umpteenth time, but maybe Cotillion is my true, absolute love.The point both books have in common are the heroine Both are pretty brunettes with kind hearts no real money of their own Society s rules are less important to them than a social conscience Arabella and helping friends or family Kitty The books main difference is the hero Robert from Arabella is a true Regency hero dashing, handsome, witty autocratic In Cotillion view spoiler on first reading I expect Jack to be the hero he is Robert without money , as it turns out, without a heart GH has decided to turn romance conventions on their head gives us Freddy Stanton, the fool of the family, well dressed but of only average good looks He may not want to get involved in the impulsive Kitty s schemes, but it never occurs to him not to help her when her well intentioned plans go awry Freddy s true nature is shown by the way he keeps a protective eye on his siblings Meg Charlie He may not be too bright,
Synopsis Naive country lad Kit Charing s obstreperous and stingy guardian has made it clear that the boy will inherit nothing unless Kit marries one of her nieces either the amiable but rather dim fashion plate Frederica Standen, the simple minded Lady Dolphinton, mean spirited Claudette, uptight bible thumper Huette or the intended target, the beautiful and very popular Jacqueline Westruther Unfortunately, despite being rather in need of funds, the prideful minx Jacqueline resists, refusing to engage with this marriage plot And so Kit enacts his own scheme he and kindly Frederica will fake an engagement, in the hopes of igniting jealousy in the heart of flirtatious Jacqueline All s well that end s well when both Kit and the reader come to understand the callow heartlessness beneath Jacqueline s beauty, and the strength and loyalty that lie under Frederica s shallow obsession with fashion and manners Girls will be girls As boys will be boys.I loved this sweet and comedic confection Heyer must have been in a playful mood when writing Cotillion, as she does surprising things in this novel mercilessly sending up the superficial nature of high society including its discreet but constant focus on m
This is my first book by Georgette Heyer I ve heard so many great things about her that I had to see for myself At first, I wasn t too pleased with the book, but I warmed to it after the first couple of chapters The way Cotillion starts out with a miserly, eccentric uncle trying to hold his relations hostage to his will, I thought it would be dreary But as soon as Cousin Freddy comes on the scene, the book takes a most pleasant, comedic turn Against his will and his protests, the heroine, Kitty, talks him into a fake engagement, so that she may go to London, and make her cousin, Jack of whom she always had romantic fantasies jealous However, while she s in London, her kind heart gets her embroiled into all sorts of sch
The cotillion also cotillon or French country dance is a social dance, popular in 18th century Europe and America Originally for four couples in square formation, it was a courtly version of an English country dance, the forerunner of the quadrille and, in the United States, the square dance That s what it says on the cover and that s what you will find between the covers of this delightful comedy of manners from the pen of Georgette Heyer, whose accomplishments in the recreations of the customs, fashions and linguistic peculiarities of the period have come to define the whole genre of Regency Romance I used to think P G Wodehouse is without peer when it comes to creative use of the English language and comedic entanglements, but Cotillion is a fine example for me of a succesful challenge to his elevated position While the historic periods are clearly different, the comparison is underlined by the setting of the story among the higher echelons of the British society the Ton as the Regency bucks liked to define it and by the pursuit of love as the prime engine of the plot Th
Rating Clarification 3.5 StarsI am enjoying my reads from the prodigiously fertile pen of Georgette Heyer, but I m not always sure what I m going to get when I start Chapter 1 Some are dull Faro s Daughter , some are stupid Powder And Patch , some are downright wall bangers The Convenient Marriage , some are hysterically funny Friday s Child , some are gothically dark Cousin Kate , some are realistic non HEA s A Civil Contract , and some are little gems of near perfection Arabella I think whatever you re in the mood for experiencing, Heyer can almost always take you there Cotillion is certainly one of Heyer s lighter, frothier offerings Nothing much happens, there s no real drama or climatic denouement, and everything pretty much works out to the good for all concerned What makes Cotillion unique is that Heyer presents us with a hero who normally doesn t make the cut in her
This is one of Heyer s best books featuring one of her very best characters, that of Freddie Standen Such an adorable man and just the perfect match for Kittie once she comes around to realising it So many great characters in t
Cotillion quickly moved to the top of my favorite Heyer books It s so frustrating to see her lumped into the general romance novel section as she s so much than that and I m afraid that a lot of people who are snooty about reading romance novels are missing out on a marv